The Houston Texans are back at the top of the AFC South. Bill O’Brien’s guys defeated the divisional rivals, Indianapolis Colts, in a highly entertaining match at the NRG Stadium this Thursday night. The final result of this game was 20-17 for the hosts.
Watson and Hopkins Lead the Texans
DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson carried their team to another victory, as the two completely tore apart Colts’ defense in the decisive moments. The fantastic duo of the Texans contributed with two TDs, and was constantly pressuring the visitors.
Early on in the fourth, the hosts have scored a go-ahead TD, which pulled them to a 20-17 lead. Watson found Hopkins in the end zone after a 30-yard pass, which set the crowd on fire.
Though, it would be unfair not to mention the Texans’ defense, which stopped the guests after that. They had a heroic play, holding the Colts one yard away from the first down, on fourth-and-7. It could be the play that changed the entire season for O’Brien’s crew.
Watson and Hopkins had another TD; only this one was in the late part of the second period. Nuke would catch a 35-yard pass to give his team a 10-7 lead.
Colts Good Run Game not Enough
On the other side, the Colts were very productive on the ground, posting 175 yards by carrying. Both of their TDs came like that, one by Jacoby Brissett, who rushed for 5 yards while getting the score, and by Jonathan Williams, who collected 104 yards on 26 rushes. He covered up Marlon Mack’s absence with a fantastic performance, but unfortunately, his team lost. The visitors from Indianapolis had 175 rushing yards in this one.
Brissett threw 129 yards, 16 for 25 without TDs or interceptions. Eric Ebron had 44 receiving yards on 4 catches.
On the other side, Watson posted 298 yards, 19 for 30, for two scores and one interception. It was his first since October 2018. Carlos Hyde rushed for 67 yards, Will Fuller caught 140 yards on seven receptions, while Hopkins had 94.
The Texans (7-4) are not first in the AFC South, and have the next two games at home. The first one is against the Patriots, followed by the clash against Denver.
Colts (6-5) face the Jaguars at home, before traveling to Tampa Bay.